now. welcome, sir, glad to have you. >> thank you. delighted to be here today. >> before we find out how you feel about what's going on in congress, what have you been doing since you left? why did you decide to return? >> well, i spent 32 years in business, domestic and international business, volunteer, community service, raising family back in minnesota, and did all this generation, this country's been so good to my generation, and i just felt compelled to step up, you know, the deficits, the wars of choice, the joblessness, the growing inequalities, they're not sustainable. they represent a real serious threat to our nation's future. and like i said, this country's been so good to my generation, i think we all need to step up to do what we can and try to make a difference and get the country back on track then. >> how discouraged are you, then, or maybe invigorated at the fights ahead, you look at the numbers, the bills passed when you were last in congress, what, 613, compared to 219 in the past couple of years?